If you turned on your TV or went anywhere online in the past several days you were bound to be confronted with coverage of Donald Trump’s incredibly racist rhetoric. The president has decided to escalate his bigotry beyond any semblance of subtlety in advance of the 2020 elections in the hopes that his hateful supporters will be spurred to show up to the ballot box en masse.
He started this latest scandal by telling Democratic representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley — all women of color – that they should go back to their own countries.
With the exception of Omar, who is a Somali-American immigrant, all of the women were born and raised in the United States. Trump’s comments were immediately decried by many due to the obviously racist sentiment animating them, but rather than back down Trump went even further, making the incredibly offensive and absurd claim that Omar likes Al-Qaeda, a despicable ploy to vilify her because of her Muslim faith.
Democrats hit back quickly, with the four representatives defending themselves admirably and the House voting to condemn Trump’s racism. Tellingly, only four Republicans voted with the Democrats, demonstrating how willing the GOP is to overlook their president’s racism as long as they maintain power.
Now, AOC has revealed a silver lining in Trump’s vile rhetoric turn. She tweeted that the “good news” about Trump explicitly vocalizing his racism is that he is no longer hiding behind vague suggestions. That, in turn, means “his words can be used by courts as evidence of his motivation.” In other words, his tweets themselves could prove useful in undermining his cruel immigration policies.
Ocasio-Cortez linked to an article in The Washington Post which explains how Trump’s racism could be used by courts to block his immigration policies if judges cite them. Hopefully, this turns out to be a case. Trump’s outed racism being the downfall of Trump’s racist policy is just too perfect.